On two state:

Ozaukee girls, boys cross country teams win Division 3 sectional titles, earn trip to Wisconsin Rapids

OZAUKEE HIGH SCHOOL’S girls and boys’ teams won their sectionals and qualified for the state cross country meet. Members include (front row from left, holding banner) Riley Borchardt, Matt Baldwin, (second row) Gabby Klas, Greta Klas, Kelley Large, Sophie Uhlenberg, Sarah Nehls, Jenna Schueller, Ashlee Mueller, Ally Clark, Grace Tinder (back row) assistant coach Roger Sinnen, coach Andrew Pfeuffer Brianna Bustamante, Sam Schubert, Hayden Rice, Calvin McKee, Tyler Mueller and Cami Miller. Photo courtesy of Jodi Mueller
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee High School answered the riddle of what’s better than one team advancing to the state cross country meet.

It’s both, of course, and that’s what the Warriors accomplished last Saturday at the Division 3 sectional at Whitewater.

The girls dominated, placing all seven runners in the top 17 and advanced to state for the second time in school history. They scored 44 points, beating Burlington Catholic Central’s 86 in the 15-team meet. The top two teams at the sectional advance to state at Wisconsin Rapids.

The boys earned their first team trip to state in 35 years, also in dominant fashion. They scored 59 points, topping Kenosha Christian Life’s 86 in the 16-team meet.

Kelley Large again paced the girls, taking fourth in the 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 25 seconds.

Ashlee Mueller was eighth in 21:44. Grace Tinder was 10th in 21:54. Sophie Uhlenberg was 12th in 22:05 and Sarah Nehls was 14th in 22:21.

Although they didn’t count toward the team score, Ally Clark was 15th in 22:23 and Jenna Schueller was 17th in 22:33.

“Our girls team went into the season looking to make it to the state meet after just missing out last season by 10 points. They have been extremely dedicated to their training and have been focused all season long,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

“They’ve also done a great job gelling as a team and really pushing each other everyday to get better.  These ladies have done a phenomenal job all year and I’m excited to see where they stack up against the best in the state this Saturday.”

Hayden Rice led the boys by taking seventh in 18:06 with Calvin McKee right behind in eighth in 18:07.

Sam Schubert was 14th in 18:27. Tyler Mueller was 16th in 18:36, a personal record by seven seconds. Matt Baldwin was 19th in 22:40.

“Our boys competed tough and really wanted to qualify this weekend to end a 35 year drought to the state meet,” Pfeuffer said.

“All season we told our boys that we thought they had a chance to qualify if we stayed focused and worked hard. The boys did just that and proved they belong at the state meet even with only six boys on our roster. With a small roster, they had little to no room for error if they wanted to make it to state and they followed their race plans to perfection against some quality opponents.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium sends one to state

Freshman Faith Konzak of Cedar Grove-Belgium qualified for state at the Division 3 sectional in Manitowoc.

Konzak took eighth in 20:50, earning ne of the top five spots among runners not on top two state-qualifying teams.

It wasn’t easy.

Konzak was 10th overall and the fifth individual at the half-mile mark and moved up a spot — past Oostburg’s Payton Navis — in the second mile, “probably her best middle portion of a race she ran all season,” coach

Brandon Langer said.

In the last one third of the race, Konzak had to hold off Sofie Hamilton of Kohler.

“You could see the determination on Faith’s face with about 800 to go, as she really had to gut it out to hold her off,” Langer said.

She had a four-second cushion with 400 meters to go and pulled away in the final 200 to finish with a 31-second personal record.

The Rocket girls scored 154 points and took third of 17 teams. Lourdes Academy won with 42 and Oostburg scored 48.

Behind Konzak, Cheyenne Simonet was 21st in 22:06. Lyndsay Sass was 22nd in 22:08. Anna Claerbaut was 34th in 22:35. Natalie Davies was 69h in 24:30.

For the boys, senior Ben Fleuchaus nearly qualified for state and ended up 12th in 17:10. He was within 10 feet of a qualifying spot with 300 meters to go.

“Ben did exactly what was needed of him to give himself a chance, so for him to run the race he ran and finish his high school career with that effort is something to be proud of,” Langer said.

The boys scored 147 points and were fifth of 17 teams. Kohler won with 65 and Brillion had 75.

Behind Fleuchaus, freshman Mason Hoopman was 24th in 17:58. Alex Nett was 32nd in 18:24. Jac Gasser was 37th in 18:36 and Nathanael Bruhn was 42nd in 18:46.

The Rockets were missing their No. 2 runner to a back issue and No. 6 runner to a knee issue.

“I was extremely proud of the way we competed,” Langer said.

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